“I wish I’d picked something a little more cuddly,” he said. But the creatures are at risk as heat records rack up across the US. “Global warming affects turtles,” Goode said. “If the temperature raises a few degrees, turtles will disappear because their sex is determined by temperature. So if the egg is warmer, the turtle will have all females. If it’s cooler, they’ll have more males. If you have only females, you’re not going to have reproduction.”
Nate was inspired to create this map after reading an article in The New Yorker magazine about the efforts made by Eric Goode and the Turtle Conservancy to save the critically endangered ploughshare tortoise from extinction. Massive deforestation and rampant poaching on the island of Madagascar have put not only this species, but also many others at risk of extinction.
Madagascar is home to such an amazing array of exotic and beautiful wildlife. This map represents only a sample of just the reptiles that are at risk, not to mention all the mammals, birds, fish, insects and plant life that are also threatened.
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This is so awesome! Get one! and feel free to get me one too hee